An audio output device is a hardware that allows your computer to produce sound. They simply connect our PC with headphones and speakers.
The sound icon on your task bar may have a small red cross on it, indicating that no sound can be played. There are two possible problems that might cause this. One, It may be because your Windows has disabled the audio device or two, you have outdated and incompatible device drivers installed.
If you place your cursor on the sound icon and see a message saying No Audio Output Device is installed, then the issue is probably due to the reasons stated above. Try these following methods to fix this problem.
Method 1: Enabling your audio device
To do this, follow the given steps:
- Press the Windows and R key together to open the Run Type in ‘devmgmt.msc’ in the given space to open device manager and proceed by clicking on OK.
- Search for Sound, video and game controllers from the options.
If you do not have this option on your list then you should:
- Click on Action on the menu on top and select the option of Add Legacy Hardware. If you do not see this option, then make sure none of the options have been selected.
Click around the blank space and then look for Add legacy hardware.
- When the Add Hardware wizard is opened, click on Next.
- Proceed by clicking on Search for and install the hardware automatically (Recommended) under ‘what do you want the wizard to do?’
- Click on Next if it says ‘The wizard did not find any new hardware.
- Now from the list of common hardware, click on Sound, video and game controllers. Proceed by clicking on Next.
- Then, after selecting and clicking on the manufacturer and the model of your sound card, click on Next.
- Your device driver will now start to install. Then, click on Finish when the installation process is complete.
- Double click on Sound, video and game controller’s option to expand. Then right click on your device and select Enable from the options.
Method 2: Re-installing the driver
- Search for Device manager in start and open it. Double click on Sound, video and games controllers to expand. Next, right click on your device and select uninstall. Your audio device driver will be uninstalled.
- Restart your computer. When it opens, your Windows will automatically install the audio driver. The problem may be resolved if it installs the correct latest version.